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Energy Science Minor

The Energy Science Program is intended to be taken as a minor with various technical and non-technical degrees. Energy science courses are also intended to supplement degree programs including, but not limited to geography, geology, engineering and economics. Interested students are urged to discuss the program with their major advisers.

The Energy Science Program is designed to prepare students to appreciate (and possibly find jobs in) alternate energy sources. Specifically, courses are offered in solar energy, wind energy, nuclear energy, and related fields such as remote sensing and climatology.

Depending on a student's background, a minor may be obtained which requires knowledge of calculus or courses may be selected to provide a less mathematical minor. The specific requirements are:

Students must take either ENSC 150/151 or ENSC 250.

Students must take ENSC 160 and 162.

Students must select additional courses from the following list of electives. The combination of required courses and electives must total a minimum pf 18 credit hours, or which, at least 9 credit hours must be upper division.

 Elective Courses:

PES 213

General Physics III

3 credits

PES 313

Modern Physics

3

PES 318

Instrumentation Lab II

2

PES 341

Thermodynamics and Stat. Mech.

3

ENSC/PES 361

Solar Energy Design

3

ENSC/PES 365

Nuclear Physics and Energy

3

ENSC/PES 367

Alternative Energy Sources

3

ENSC/PES 460

Advanced Solar Energy

3

ENSC/Geol 312

Structural Geology I

5

ENSC/GES 320

Practical Meteorology

4

ENSC/GES 406

Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

ENSC/GES 409

Advanced Remote Sensing

4

Further information about specific courses can be found on the Physics Department Course Information page.

 


B.S. in Physics: Energy Science Option

Students may major in energy science by using the B.S. degree in Physics option for energy science. This is basically a Physics B.S. degree with some energy science courses substituted for Physics courses. The details of this program can be found on the Physics Department web page.

 


 

Energy Science Courses - on the Web

 


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